Michigan Equine Veterinarian Charged with Felony Forgery

Equine Veterinarian’s License Suspended after Conviction

Julie Rosetto

Julie Rossetto, DVM veterinarian license suspended
Julie Rossetto

The Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine suspended the license of equine veterinarian Julie Rossetto, DVM. The action comes after the Fenton veterinarian was convicted of forgery and uttering and publishing, both felonies.

An administrative complaint filed against Rossetto states she failed to self-report her May 2014 criminal conviction within the allotted 30-day period. Emergency action was taken and Rossetto’s license was summarily suspended. A hearing date is unknown.

Rossetto was convicted of forging insurance paperwork after her reining horse, CF Free Agent was euthanized in January 2013. Rossetto admitted that she created the document purportedly from Smith-Embry Insurance Associates, Inc. before sending it to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Michigan State University.

Rossetto said she authored the fake insurance document titled “Reason for Less Non-Covered Expenses,” because a vet at MSU was supposed to call the insurance company, but didn’t. In a tape-recorded confession, Rossetto said there was a certain amount of money that the insurance company would not pay because of the “vet’s lie.”

The prosecution also accused Rossetto of creating and sending a fake bill of sale to the insurance company with an alleged purchase price of $35,000 and a forged signature. Documents show Rossetto attempted to claim an insurance payout of $50,000. Rossetto paid $25,000 for the American Quarter Horse gelding in 2011 and did not receive a bill of sale, according to court documents.

Once a veterinarian is suspended, the individual must submit a reinstatement application if there is not an order removing the suspension, according to Jeannie Vogel of LARA’s communication office. “The reinstatement applicant must submit proof with their application that he or she has the skill and ability to practice the profession with safety, that he or she is of good moral character, and that it is in the public’s interest for the person to again practice…”

Rossetto is also licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Serving as a cautionary message for equine owners when searching for a new horse vet in any state, Ohio’s records show her license is active until March 2016. Indiana also shows an active license status for Rossetto through October 2015. Rossetto’s license remains in good standing in Pennsylvania as well. It expires in November 2014.

Vogel says Michigan doesn’t communicate with other states directly, but all administrative complaints and disciplinary actions are reported to a national database that tracks out of state disciplinary actions.

Rossetto was sentenced to six months behind bars, but only if she didn’t pay just over $15,000 in restitution to her victims. She paid the fees and secured her freedom.

Rossetto is currently serving two-years probation.